If you no longer want to live and work in South Africa and you are thinking of relocating to the United Kingdom, then this article will help you understand how much the UK Visa prices will cost you if you are South African national.
Every year on 6 April, the prices of most UK visas increase as the Home Office revises pricing, notes John Dunn, director of citizenship and immigration at Sable International.
Immigration Health Surcharge
“If you are moving to the UK for more than six months, you will also need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS),” said Dunn. The IHS allows the use of the National Health Service (NHS) as soon as you arrive in the UK.
“Paying this surcharge gives you access to free basic medical care while you are in the UK.”
Below is a table that shows the fees charged by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI):
|UK visa||Application fee|
|Ancestry visa||R10 208|
|Partner/spouse visa||R29 568|
|Start-up visa||R7 267|
|Innovator visa||R19 917|
|Intra-Company Transfer – more than three years||R23 743|
|Intra-Company Transfer – less than three years||R12 015|
|Skilled Worker visa – shortage occupation, less than three years||R9 208|
|Skilled Worker – shortage occupation, more than three years||R18 129|
|Health and Care visa, less than three years||R4 748|
|Health and Care visa, more than three years||R9 208|
|Student visa||R 9 420|
|Youth Mobility Scheme visa||R4 979|
|Visitor visa (6 months)||R1 922|
|Visitor visa (2 years)||R7 228|
Current conversion rate: £1/R19.23.
How does the IHS work?
The IHS is an upfront fee that is paid in full along with your visa application.
The amount you’ll have to pay depends on which visa you are applying for and how long you’ll be staying in the UK, said Dunn.
The current fee is R12,000/£624. If you’re applying for an Ancestry visa which is valid for five years, you’ll have to pay R60,000/£3,120 upfront as part of your application.
The surcharges for other common visas are as follows:
- Spouse visa – R23,993
- Spousal extension – R23,993
- Youth Mobility Scheme – R18,071
- Student visa – R9,035
Every year, thousands of visa applications are rejected because they are filled out incorrectly or applicants haven’t included the right documents, said Dunn.
“The Home Office will keep your visa fee whether your application gets accepted or denied, to avoid throwing money away, or paying the same amount twice, it’s important that your application is as watertight as possible.”
- Commentary provided by John Dunn, director of citizenship and immigration at Sable International.